Full Life in Just Half the Body

35-year-old Kevin Easterday was born with a rare condition that prevented his spine from developing correctly. His legs were amputated, when he was only a baby, but that hasn’t stopped him from living life to the fullest.

A strange illness, known as sacral agenesis, made it necessary for doctors to amputate Kenny’s legs, when he was only six months old. Part of his shinbone was used to create the missing part of his spine, but Kenny lost the ability to walk. Believe it or not, Mr. Eastearday was able to live a rich happy life, regardless of his handicap.

During a documentary, Kenny’s father reveals he taught his son to walk using his hands, by telling him to imitate his mother, who “walks like a duck”. As a child, he was offered a pair of prosthetic legs, but he didn’t really find them very useful, so he always used his hands, or a skateboard, to get around.

Although he wasn’t expected to reach the age of 21, Kenny not only beat the odds, but enjoyed life, in the process. He learned to play pool, bowl, work, and even make love to his fiancee,Nicky. To top things off, the happy couple is waiting for confirmation that Desiree, their 7-year-old daughter, is actually Kenny’s daughter.

via Daily Mail

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  • Lurline Pickles Posted on May 20, 2010

    That is revolting. it shouldnt be allowed to reproduce!

  • Lurline Pickles Posted on May 20, 2010

    That is revolting. it shouldnt be allowed to reproduce!

  • Sarah Posted on August 17, 2010

    You’re revolting, you shouldn’t be allowed to comment! And it’s a he, not an it! Do you think he has a choice on how he turned out?

    FYI! HE DOESN’T!!! HE DID NOT CHOOSE TO BECOME THIS WAY!!! SO SHUT UP!!! Try and imagine being borned with no legs, how would you feel if you were treated differently?!!!

  • Derek Posted on October 22, 2010

    Go Sarah!

    So many people in this world are too easy to judge others, Kevin was born like this, what choice did he have, goodness what people live i this world with such little brains to say such words about people and be so judgmental about those who have no choice over how they look, sad!

  • kasey Posted on November 17, 2010

    i have a question, is kenny dead now? or is he still living?

  • Jeannette Posted on November 18, 2010

    When I first saw kenny, I had tears coming down my face and then I watched the whole program, Ken you have great courage to do what you can do. You are a handsome man and an individual, never give up.
    I hope you do find someone out there for you. Your parents are truly wonderful too.

  • Julie Posted on December 5, 2010

    What an amazing person you are! I enjoyed watching you on Discovery and am truly amazed by the lack of complaining that you do..So many of us complain about insignificant things, yet you push through every little task. You are truly an Angel among us.. God put you here for a special purpose. Don’t let stupid little comment get you down. You are gorgeous by the way…Love those lips!
    God Bless!

  • Katsu Posted on December 6, 2010

    To Lurine Pickes&Sarah:
    No, he did not chose to be born like this – this is his parent’s and his government’s job to correctly handle sitatuions like this. In my opinion, children like those sould be euthanised before or shortly after birth. This way, they will be spared life full of suffering, and an equavalent of natral selection (which we partially lost due to progress in medicine) will be held. Come on, people – THIS is not what medicine was made for, damnit!!!!! Medicine is for curing those which can be cured, not for prolongating suffering of human being which was NEVER meant to live in first place! Only, and best thing we can help these unlucky kids at our technology level is painless death, and everyone should understand it. Compassion is about minimiztion of suffering in the world, not about tortures, and letting kid with such overwhelming defect to live is nothing esle then TORTURE.

  • Ann Beaman Posted on December 6, 2010

    Kasu, It is people like you who should not be in this world, What a disgrace you are!!!!

  • rhonda Posted on January 12, 2011

    Hi kenny I’m rhonda from canada. Vancuver island I think we all have ishews in life I have a rare conndishen which gave me high hearing. Most peope don’t thin its a ishew well thay don’t live whith the shering pain it cases or the speach and spelling problems it cases and too top it all of I was born gifted knoing thing in life befor thay hapen. Its hard too live life normal for ever one I say try you’re beast. I know what lonleeness is becuse I’ve ben singal most of my life and I had 4 childern 2 which have my condishen but I made sher thay got the scooling and education on are condishen. So thay do good in life. But my doter is sic whith endermetoses and other hormon ishews she’s 27. And she herts most days. Well kenny in hoping to here from you. Please ly of the soda drinks that will cause problems whith helth. I have too wach things like junk food and bad drinks ass well becuse my kidneys hurt like hell too and it sends uric aced threw my body. Hun we all have dating ishews. It has nuthing to do whith are condishens it has to do whith. Peopel are just loners or thay won’t what’s not logical maby god will bless us both. But till then let’s be frends and see how life gose. But ass for dating I’m on a site called plenty of fish under name rhondarhonda20. If ya wanna see what I look like. I felt I needed to tell you hun don’t look down on you’re self. You’re a lovlee person and hay you’re looks are just grate ok hun talk too ya later rhonda. And for you peope leving nagative coments. Shame on you.

  • Laurie Posted on January 13, 2011

    Kenny: What you are is a miracle! You are a gift from God. Who says you aren’t normal? Define normal! You are more man than most men that walk among us today! As far as Katsu commenting on this site – IT isn’t even worth addressing as this IT is not a human but some worthless POS that has no soul or brain for that matter. I wish you and your wonderful parents all the best and I thank you for being such an inspiration to the rest of the world. You are simply amazing. Hugs to you Kenny! Laurie

  • Maria Posted on March 22, 2011

    Katsu: That’s not YOUR choice to make, you have no right to decide who lives and who dies. That is NOT up to you.

  • Angel Posted on March 23, 2011

    To the one who thinks He should have been killed at birth..
    I am sure you will then think I should be dead also.
    I had a bone infection which went into my pelvis. I had an operation called a Hemicorporectomy which meant all of my body from bellow the belly button down had to be removed. Everything..There are only 18 of us alive in the world. We are like Kenny except we have no buttock,sexual parts, anus,hips,or spine from L3 down. I have two bags on my belly for waste removal. There has been about 180 operation done with only 28 living and now is only 18 of us left. Should we have just died in the 6 months the doctors told us we would die? my site is hemicorporectomy.org

  • Yael, israel Posted on May 3, 2011

    I just sae the doco movie about Kenny and wish him all the best!
    Wish people were more open minded than the 1st responder.
    All the best to Kenny and u all,
    Yael fro Israel.

  • Gary Posted on June 27, 2011

    I just happened to watch the movie “The Kid Brother” on Netflix. Then I did a search on the Internet to learn more about Kenny. What an amazing person Kenny is. God Bless Kenny and shame on Lurline Pickles & Katsu.

  • Melissa Posted on January 24, 2012

    You are awesome!!!! \m/

  • michelle Posted on February 22, 2012

    WOw. I think this is fascinating!

    Im sure he could be making tons of money in movies….